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Procedures simplified for marriages to foreigners

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:21 am

Procedures simplified for marriages to foreigners

QĐND – Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 20:28 (GMT+7)

Both local and foreign nearly-weds are set to enjoy simplified administrative marriage procedures as of early April next year thanks to a new Government resolution.

The resolution, approved early this month, stipulates that those who are going to marry foreigners will be able to shorten their marriage registration time.

They will be able to continue with their procedures immediately after posting the banns of marriage to relevant authorities, including the departments of justice and local authorities, instead of waiting for seven days as before.

Only one person will be required to be present when submitting the marriage certificate, and procuration and leave of absence letters for the absentee will not be compulsory in this case.

According to the Government Office’s Administrative Procedure Control Department, this step was not necessary as the legal issues were certified in the interview process.

Legal papers, including copies of permanent or temporary residence cards and general information on careers and the homeland of nearly-weds will also be eliminated.

All foreign-related marriage banns procedures would be solved within 20 days after all required papers had been registered. If the banns needed to be verified, the procedures would be completed within 30 days, the decree said.

Local nearly-weds will receive their marriage certificates three days after registration and five days in case verification is needed.

Nguyen Thuy Quynh, who is married to an American, said that it took them eight months to get their marriage certificate.

“We got married six years ago and the procedures were quite complicated and time-wasting. We still had to go from place to place to get the necessary documentation, even though we had been instructed carefully,” she said.

Quynh said that her friend who got married to an Australian editor, was luckier as ‘she finally got the certificate after around five months’.

Source: VNA/ Photo: congannghean

Source: QDND

Da Nang to build tourist village for foreigners

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Da Nang to build tourist village for foreigners

QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

The Da Nang People’s Committee agreed in principle on a project to build a luxurious eco-tourist village, named Lang Van.

The project, that will be invested in by Vinpearl Joint Stock Company, is a tourist complex, including hotels, villas, games and entertainment sections, a golf course, a sports arena, cable cars, a tourist wharf and other public facilities.

The investor pledged that they will concentrate their assets and efforts to finish the first phase in five years as the project is licensed by the authorities.

The tourist village to be built is located on the foot of the Hai Van passage in Lien Trieu District, Da Nang.

It will stretch along a beautiful sea strait that overlooks Da Nang Bay and connect with neighbouring localities with both roads and railways.

The investors unveiled that they will exploit the mountain and sea to develop eco-tourism there.

Da Nang City has long wanted to develop the area into a high-class resort for international-only tourist.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Thu Nguyen      

Source: QDND

Nearly 1 million foreigners visit Hanoi

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Nearly 1 million foreigners visit Hanoi

QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:15 (GMT+7)

During the Great Festival to celebrate 1,000th Anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, which took place from October 1st-10th, the capital city welcomed around 1.2 million domestic visitors and over 30,000 international tourists, Truong Minh Tien, Deputy Head of the Hanoi’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism told Hanoimoi Newspaper.

In the first nine months of this year, Hanoi received around 9 million domestic tourists, up by 40%, and 960,000 foreign ones, up by 15% compared to the same period last year.

According to Tien, the great success of the Great Festival greatly contributed to promoting the capital city’s image to the world.

It is estimated that number of international tourists coming to Hanoi will continue to rise in the forthcoming time. From now until the end of the National Tourism Year 2010, Hanoi’s tourism sector will focus on enhancing quality of tourism services and launching more special tours and programs.

The city is also expected to receive a total of 1.4 million foreign tourists and 11 million domestic visitors in 2010.

Source: HNM

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Young interpreter helps foreigners visit Tra Vinh

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:06 am

An 11 year old boy with good English skills has become an familliar interpreter for foreign visitors to his hometown in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh.


Tran Quang Khai poses with his foreign friends in Tra Vinh Province (Photo: SGGP)

Tran Quang Khai’s mother believed that her father, a retired English teacher, has triggered Khai’s aptitude for English as he usually sang English songs while bathing the boy since the boy was a baby.

Since being at grade 2, Khai was enrolled for an English class at Victory foreign language center of Tra Vinh University, where he became the youngest student.

Up to now, Khai has obtained many international certificates like Cambridge Young Learners English Test-STARTERS, MOVERS and FLYERS and KET Certificate of the Cambridge University in England.

Recalling the path of becoming an amateur interpreter, Khai told during the last Tet holidays, he saw an American man asking to buy a bicycle at a park. However, no one understood what he said.

Thus, Khai guided the man to buy the bicycle. The boy then had lunch with the man and introduced him landscapes in Tra Vinh.

Thenceforward, whenever meeting foreigners, Khai actively gets acquaintance with them to practice English.

Khai has interpreted for hundreds of visitors from the US, Canada, French and Italia. He said he just wanted to help foreign visitors and to improve English.

Besides English, Khai is also good at other subjects, especially mathematics, literature and music with beautiful voice and polish piano performance.

Source: SGGP

More and more Asian men forced to marry foreigners: study

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm

PARIS, July 26, 2010 (AFP) – Increasing numbers of southeast Asian men, particularly in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are marrying foreigners because fewer women in their homelands are willing to wed, a new study said Monday.

The phenomenon, which dates back more than a decade, has even created a detectable trend in women’s migration, said the study by Daniele Belanger of the University of Western Ontario University.

“Since the beginning of the 1990s, more and more men in southeast Asia are looking abroad to find a wife,” wrote Belanger in the journal of France’s National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED).

In Taiwan, 15 percent of wives were of foreign origin in 2009; eight percent in South Korea.

In Japan, the phenomenon started earlier, in the 1980s, but has remained at a modest level: only five or six percent of marriages in the mid-2000s involved foreign wives.

But in all three places, foreign brides represented the largest group of new immigrants apart from the temporary workers, wrote Belanger. And the reason the men went looking abroad was the lack of women at home, she added.

With women’s education levels rising so was their representation in the workplace, she explained.

Increasing numbers of them were not willing to settle for the traditional role of a wife — at least as it exists in its current form. They preferred to keep their jobs and stay single.

For men however, “they have the responsibility to continue the paternal line by giving birth to a son and, in many cases, looking after their aged parents,” Belanger wrote.

They could not therefore remain bachelors.

The foreign brides generally came from China and Vietnam, and if at first this kind of marriage was more common among the rural poor, it subsequently spread to the urban middle classes.

There were even marriage agencies specialising in this sector, charging the man’s family between 5,000 and 10,000 euros.

Some observers have expressed fears that some of the brides involved are victims of trafficking.

But Belanger noted: “The great majority of migrant women marry of their own accord and not under parental pressure, and their objective is both to marry and to migrate.”

Source: SGGP

Foreigners remember late President Ho Chi Minh

In Uncategorized on May 17, 2010 at 9:02 am

Among the more than 50 international delegates who attended the May 12 international seminar titled “Ho Chi Minh’s heritage in the current era,” many has expressed profound sentiments, recalling the late leader’s unforgettable memories legacy.

Chinese Prof. Gu Yuan Yang, 75, told SGGP that he was very glad to attend the seminar, considering one of the great honors of his life. “I have had a strong attachment to Vietnam and it is common for us elderly to recall the past.”

After entering the Oriental Language Department of Beijing University in 1956, Mr. Yang chose Vietnamese language as his major.

“Many people asked why I took on the subject I simply replied that I hoped that I would meet President Ho Chi Minh some day,” he said.

Dr. E. V. Kobelev (2nd R) and National Assembly chairman Nguyen Phu Trong (2nd L) and other delegates at an international seminar on Ho Chi Minh’s legacy, held in Hanoi, May 12 (Photo: SGGP) 

His dream came when he was studying at Hanoi University and met President Ho Chi Minh, who visited the school in 1963.

”Until now a sense of happiness remains in me when I saw him for the first time in my life,” he said.

In 1990, he recalled being the sole Chinese delegate at an international seminar commemorating the 100th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh. After completing his presentation, General Vo Nguyen Giap embraced him intimately.

”One year later, at an international seminar on Ho Chi Minh’s thought, held in India, I met General Giap again, who told me that some unpleasing incidents occurred between Vietnam and China, but that those incidents were just like black clouds that would drift away in the wind, allowing blue skies to reemerge,” he said.

Over the past 20 years, Prof. Yang has dedicated himself to the promotion of cooperation in the academic domain between Vietnam and China. In 2005, Prime Minister Phan Van Khai invited Yang to the seventh National Congress of Patriotic Emulation.

“The great image of Ho Chi Minh, his great thought, and his legacy to humankind will be remembered forever by the world,” he said.

Russian delegate Dr. E. V. Kobelev, Vice President of the Russia-Vietnam Friendship Association, who can speak Vietnamese fluently, was a student at Hanoi University in the 1950’s and a reporter who covered Vietnam for the Soviet Union news agency TASS in the 1960’s.

“I once lived in Vietnam for five years during which I had many opportunities to see and listen to President Ho Chi Minh,” he said.

In spring of 1959, he met President Ho Chi Minh for the first time in Hanoi while he joined Hanoi students in planting a tree at Bay Mau Lake.
“The President greeted us happily and joined in the planting,” Kobelev recalled.

“Since then, every time I have a chance to visit Hanoi, I return to the lake and contemplate the trees we planted with the President in the old days,” he confided. 
He wrote a book on late President Ho Chi Minh: “Comrade Ho Chi Minh,” in tribute to his fond memories of the late leader.

Kobelev said one of the most memorable moments in his life occurred when he served as a translator for the Vietnamese delegation, at the 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1961.

“President Ho Chi Minh praised each of us for our Vietnamese fluency at the congress,” he remembered.

“That guy speaking Vietnamese with a Hanoi accent is quite good in interpretation,” Kobelev recalled Ho Chi Minh’s comments on his Vietnamese specifically.

He said he would remember forever the voice of President Ho Chi Minh urging his Vietnamese compatriots to maintain their determination in defeating the American invaders, from speech broadcast on the Hanoi radio station, July 17, 1966.

The President’s speech came amidst American bombing raids on the capital city that day, he recalled.     
Kobelev also said he and many people of his generation still remembered the day when Ho Chi Minh visited the Soviet Union for the first time in 1955, as president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

“He was a great, sincere friend of the Soviet Union but he was also a man of simplicity and modesty. His image has remained unforgotten by the Russian people, even now,” he concluded.

Source: SGGP

Up to six dead in Afghan attack targeting foreigners

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

As many as six people including foreigners were killed in a suicide car bombing targeting a foreign security company in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said.

Britain said it was investigating after reports that its nationals may have been among the dead in the attack in the provincial capital late Thursday.

One Afghan official said one foreigner died and a policeman was killed, while another said three foreigners and three Afghans had lost their lives in the bombing, the second to rock the city that day.

“We are aware of an explosion this (Thursday) evening in Kandahar,” said a spokesman for the Foreign Office in London. “We understand there are a number of internationals among the casualties but their nationalities have not yet been confirmed,” he said.

Afghans walk past the site of an explosion in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan on April 16. British and military officials were Friday investigating reports that security contractors from Britain were among the victims of a suicide car bombing in volatile southern Afghanistan

“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is in contact with ISAF personnel in Kandahar in order to establish the facts,” he said, referring to NATO’s International Security Assistance Force.

The province of Kandahar is the spiritual home of the Taliban and is seen as the key battleground to reverse nearly nine years of escalating conflict in Afghanistan, which is taking an increasing toll on foreign forces.

Four German soldiers were also killed and five wounded on Thursday when their patrol came under attack as they were travelling from the northern city of Kunduz to Baghlan, a Taliban stronghold.

Suicide bombings and other attacks are a part of daily life in Kandahar, which was the Taliban’s capital during their brutal 1996-2001 rule.

“It was a suicide car bomb that targeted a foreign security company,” deputy provincial police chief Fazil Mohammad Sherzad said of the attack in Kandahar which struck around 9:00 pm (1630 GMT).

Ahmed Wali Karzai, the head of the Kandahar provincial council and brother of President Hamid Karzai, told AFP that one policeman and one foreigner had been killed and another policeman wounded.

A senior government official, who declined to be named, said “three expatriates and three Afghans” had been killed in the blast, but there was no formal confirmation.

“So far we have received one dead body belonging to a foreign national,” said Daud Farhad, a doctor at Kandahar’s Mirwais hospital, adding that another 16 people were admitted with injuries, including one foreigner.

Intelligence officials warned the death toll could rise and may include more foreigners.

Several hours earlier a bomb went off in abandoned car left outside a city centre hotel used by Afghan journalists, injuring at least six people, police said.

Afghanistan is in the grip of a deadly insurgency led by remnants of the Taliban, whose regime was overthrown in late 2001 in the US-led invasion.

Suicide and other bomb attacks are part of the militants’ arsenal in their campaign against the Western-backed government and the 126,000 US and NATO troops currently stationed in the country.

Kandahar and surrounding areas are the focus of a major US and NATO push against the militants, as part of a new US-led counter-insurgency strategy in the Taliban stronghold that is also the hub of opium production.

In northern Afghanistan, the German patrol came under fire from anti-tank grenades or missiles in an attack that came after a visit to Afghanistan by German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.

The latest casualties come less than two weeks after three German soldiers were killed near Kunduz, and bring to 43 the total killed in Afghanistan since Germany’s disputed deployment began in 2002.

Source: SGGP

53 foreigners to take part in int’l judo tourney in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 at 4:19 am

53 foreigners to take part in int’l judo tourney in Hanoi

QĐND – Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 22:50 (GMT+7)

About 110 martial artists, including 53 from the Republic of Korea, Laos, Hong Kong, Germany and France, will compete in the 2010 International Judo Tournament to be held in Hanoi on April 17-18.

They will be divided into eight weight categories for both men and women to compete for 16 sets of medals.

Vietnam will send national hopefuls such as Van Ngoc Tu, Nguyen Thi Kieu and Nguyen Nhat Thong to the tournament. Athletes from the national junior Judo team will also take part in the event.

Korean athletes are expected to grab between 8-10 gold medals to top the medal tally.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Tet in the eyes of foreigners

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:28 am

More and more foreigners chose Vietnam as a place to live and work. No matter how long they have been living in Vietnam, they all share the view that the Lunar New Year Festival (Tet) is very special.

Eight years ago, an American couple – Mark Rapoport and his wife Jane – arrived in Vietnam and they loved the country, its landscape and people at first sight. They had travelled to many places around the world before deciding to settle down in Hanoi.

Over the past 8 years, they have travelled the length and breadth of Vietnam to enjoy Tet, but Tet in Hanoi is their favourite.

“The Tet atmosphere in Hanoi is very jubilant and wonderful. On New Year’s Eve or the following morning, we go to a pagoda to pray for good health and prosperity in the New Year.”

Mark Rapoport and his wife Jane.

The couple say they are amused by neighbours’ children dropping into their house and waiting for their lucky money.

“In a cosy atmosphere, people gather together and extend best wishes to each other. This is rarely seen in New York.”

Both say Vietnamese people work very hard, but are always happy, friendly and hospitable.

“People are always wiling to help us when we ask for a favour,” they say. “Hanoi is not as modern and busy as Shanghai, Hong Kong or New York, but it is very special. It is very comfortable to live here. Dishes here are very delicious, especially ice cream, bun cha (noodle with grilled pork) and pho (beef or chicken noodle soup).”

French writer Laurence de Villeneuve has been living in Vietnam with her son for only 13 months. She says this is the first time she has enjoyed the Tet holiday in Vietnam.

“I really like the Tet atmosphere, especially when families are busy preparing for the holiday. This year, my friends and I will go to a pagoda on the first day of the New Year. The next day, I will visit some Vietnamese families to explore your customs and will then go fishing. I have already prepared some lucky money to give to the children.”

Lawrence says she likes living in Vietnam and learning Vietnamese so she can speak to local residents. She will publish a book describing French women’s lives.

“I think family is very important to Vietnamese women, who always work hard at home taking care of family members. They are hard working people and I like this. I plan to write and publish a book on Vietnamese women’s lives after I finish this book”.

Meanwhile, Suzanne Lecht, art director of the Art Vietnam Gallery in Hanoi, says she has enjoyed the Tet holiday in Vietnam for nearly 10 years. 

“I am really impressed with the Kitchen Gods Tet on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month, watching people hurry to release fish into nearby ponds or lakes. Without live fish, they burn paper fish in the hope that the Kitchen Gods will ride the fish to Heaven to report what they have witnessed during the year to the Jade Emperor.”

She says unlike Americans who often gather and cook dishes they like during the holiday, Vietnamese people often make preparations long before Tet.

“It’s interesting to see people line up at markets and supermarkets to buy peach and kumquat trees,” she says.

Suzanne, who has been living in Vietnam since 1993, acknowledges that there is a big contrast in Vietnam before and after Tet.

“I am shocked that on New Year’s Eve revellers take to the streets and converge on Hoan Kiem Lake in crowds, but the next morning all the streets are quiet with very few people to be seen.”

She says during her days off, she often goes to see her colleagues and eat fried chung cake or goes to the pagoda. 

This year, Hanoi will celebrate its 1,000th anniversary in October and she plans to run an exhibition displaying artworks by Vietnamese painters especially selected for the occasion.

Currently, her gallery is organising an installation displaying calligraphies by five Vietnamese artists to welcome the Lunar New Year.

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Foreigners detained for illegal cash withdrawal

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Ho Chi Minh City police said on August 31 they have detained three foreigners for further investigation into their alleged illegal cash withdrawal from a bank using counterfeit papers.

The detainees include M. Fabrice, 23, holding French nationality, and Long Angel Fabien, 30, and Andoris Eboli Mbpke, 28, both Congolese citizens.

The foreigners had used fake papers of a Spanish named Fridman Bernard Israel, 33, to withdraw a total of 217,033 AUD from a commercial bank’s branch in Vo Gap district.

Their illegal action was uncovered by the bank staff and then reported to Vo Gap district’s police.-